COVID -19 Palliatives: Sanwo-Olu Donates Rice, Garri To Lagos Boat Operators
… As Tarzan Distributes Sanitizers To Members
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has donated 100 bags of rice and 300 bags of garri to the organised body of registered boat operators in Lagos; Association of Tourist Boat operators and water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON).
The food items presented to the association through the office of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) was to help members of the association and their families to cushion the effects of the lockdown occasioned byCOVID-19 pandemic and its effect on their business.
The association with over 1,000 members scattered around the six zones of Lagos State, were affected by the lock down directives, as their services were withdrawn from carrying passengers to avoid the spread of the infectious disease.
The National President of the association, Gani Tarzan Balogun, who also donated cartons of sanitizers to members of his association to support the governor’s gesture, expressed the deep appreciation of the members of the association to Governor Sanwo-olu.
Tarzan known in the maritime tourism circles as the Boatman, noted that Governor has worked really hard to convince boat operators in the state that their welfare and service are important and appreciated since he came on board.
” We at ATBOWATON believe the governor meant well and his commitment to us and visible interventions through the state Transportation ministry and regulatory agency, LASWA, are part of the ongoing efforts to help ATBOWATON remain strong and relevant and to send us these palliatives, further reinforced the love to our families affected by the lock down,” he explained
Speaking during the official distribution of the palliatives at the Victoria Island head office of the association and witnessed by the Managing Director of LASWA, Mr Damilola Emmanuel, ATBOWATON President assured the governor that the association would endeavour at all times to work closely with the government to grow and improve the business of water transportation in Lagos and the country.
He requested for small repayable loans for ATBOWATON members to purchase water taxies to meet the global standard and to also drive water based recreation and visits to beaches and resorts when the lockdown is lifted.
Donating cartons of sanitizers from his company, Tarzan Marine Enterprises, the ATBOWATON President disclosed that the gesture was to help the members and their clients sustain the requirements of the COVID-19 protocols and stem the spread of the pandemic to the rural communities, mostly the frontline clients of the boat operators.
Speaking during the occasion, the LASWA boss stated that Governor Sanwo-olu believe that the association members deserve the care and love of the state in times like this, considering the huge sacrifices they have made and expected to make even post COVID-19 pandemic.
“The governor, the transportation commissioner and all of us at LASWA appreciate ATBOWATON members. Notably, this intervention is the message of the future, our intention is to sustain the relationship and all, to the glory of God,” the LASWA boss added.